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Towards a general growth model for graphene CVD on transition metal catalysts.

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Cabrero-Vilatela, Andrea 
Weatherup, Robert S 
Braeuninger-Weimer, Philipp  ORCID logo
Caneva, Sabina 


The chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of graphene on three polycrystalline transition metal catalysts, Co, Ni and Cu, is systematically compared and a first-order growth model is proposed which can serve as a reference to optimize graphene growth on any elemental or alloy catalyst system. Simple thermodynamic considerations of carbon solubility are insufficient to capture even basic growth behaviour on these most commonly used catalyst materials, and it is shown that kinetic aspects such as carbon permeation have to be taken into account. Key CVD process parameters are discussed in this context and the results are anticipated to be highly useful for the design of future strategies for integrated graphene manufacture.



0399 Other Chemical Sciences

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Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K016636/1)
European Research Council (279342)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (656870)
We wish to thank Dr. M.-B. Martin for careful reading of the manuscript. A.C.V. acknowledges the Conacyt Cambridge Scholarship and Roberto Rocca Fellowship. R.S.W. acknowledges a Research Fellowship from St. John’s College, Cambridge and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Global) under grant ARTIST (no. 656870) from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. S.C. acknowledges funding from EPSRC (Doctoral training award). S.H. acknowledges funding from ERC grant InsituNANO (No. 279342) and EPSRC under grant GRAPHTED (Ref. EP/K016636/1).